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Education Sessions

The Summit Advisory Committee has been hard at work developing the content for this years’ event. The education sessions for the Summit will take place on Thursday, 19 October and focus on issues impacting the cold chain. Sessions will be presented by industry and business experts as well as leaders in the food supply chain.

The Committee is continuously working on the education programme – please check back frequently for updates.

Thursday, 19 October

9:00 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.

Export Outlook for the Australian Meat Industry
Patrick Hutchinson, CEO, Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC)

Australia is a leading exporter of beef, veal, lamb, mutton, and goat meat to over 100 countries. The recent suspension of meat plants in Australia exporting to China has caused much alarm for the Australian meat industry. Additionally, there are many issues swirling for Australia’s meet processors and retailers including a tariff change in Japan, a free-trade agreement with the European Union and United Kingdom on the horizon, Indonesian Economic partnership, and a free-trade agreement with Latin America Pacific partners Mexico, Peru, Chile and Columbia. The meat industry, globally, relies on the cold supply chain to operate safely, efficiently, and profitably. With the many changes impacting import/export today in the meat industry, how will this ultimately impact the cold supply chain globally? Join Patrick Hutchinson, CEO of the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) as he explores these issues from the food processor perspective.

10:40 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Labour Management: A Critical Initiative to Help Drive Profitability

The most forward-thinking distribution companies are increasing productivity and efficiency through the implementation of work performance standards. Hear how productivity accountability and leveraging best practices in labor management can maximize your organsation’s performance and ultimately drive profitability. Experts in labour management will share why you should implement a labour management program at your company and show you how to get started improving your company’s performance – today.

Panel Discussion: The Future of Automation

Advancements in automation are being made every day and 3PLs can capitalise on this changing landscape to grow their business. This panel will consist of automation experts from Australia, Europe, and North America to compare and contrast automation in each region while sharing the latest technologies revolutionising the cold chain industry through innovation.